Know the heart attack symptoms for women

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Heart attack symptoms for men and women are similar, but there are some major differences for women that are important to know. Though both men and women may experience chest pressure, women may have a heart attack without the chest pressure. That is why it is important for women to be able to recognize the symptoms and take immediate action.

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Heart attack symptoms for women:

  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  • As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

If you are a woman and have any of these signs, it is important that you don’t wait more than five minutes before calling for help. Call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.

You can read more about this topic on the American Heart Association website.

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